Summerlin prepares for school

More than 20,000 students will make their way to one of Summerlin’s 22 schools for the 2008-2009 school year. Currently, the master-planned community has 11 public schools and 11 private schools — a number that will continue growing with the community, according to Kevin Orrock, top division executive for The Howard Hughes Corp., developer of Summerlin.

“Since Summerlin’s inception, planning for schools has been a top priority,” Orrock said.

“In fact, Summerlin has more schools than any other planned community in the Las Vegas Valley — a direct correlation to the importance we place on education. As Summerlin grows, so will the number of schools in our community.”

Design plans are currently under way on a new public high school, Career and Technical Academy, scheduled to open in Summerlin Centre in 2010.

According to Monte Bay, academic manager, Superintendent’s Schools, a division of the Clark County School District, the Summerlin campus will offer a strong curriculum in medical and environmental sciences with several specific areas of study — engineering, natural resource management and environmental science, nursing, biotechnology, business and information technology, computer animation and management information systems.

“There’s a strong movement in the greater Las Vegas area to diversify the economy, especially in the science and health care industries,” Bay said.

“Our programs at the Academy in Summerlin are designed to offer high school students the skills needed to compete in these industries and excel in their various professions.”

According to Bay, the Academy will have a capacity to instruct 1,350 students.

Additional planned schools in Summerlin include elementary schools in the northern half of The Paseos and Summerlin Centre villages.

“We have a long and close working relationship with Clark County School District and a number of private school operators to ensure that our residents have access to many educational opportunities,” Orrock said.

“We are exceedingly proud of our commitment to education and recognize its importance in creating not only a great place to raise a family, but a quality of life embraced by an entire community that values education.”

The community is home to more than 95,000 residents with more than 100 neighborhoods, village parks, and 150 miles of trails. For more information, visit or call 888-898-5015.

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